Human body found 'in suitcase' in empty house after neighbours 'reported foul smell for weeks' in West London

A HUMAN body has been found in an empty flat in West London after neighbours reported "foul odours” lasting at least two weeks.

Detectives are investigating the "unexplained death" and refused to comment on local claims the corpse was stuffed in a suitcase.

Forensic experts were seen entering the property above a parade of shops in Southall following the grim discovery just before 3pm on Friday.

Unconfirmed reports claimed a painter made the shocking discovery after entering the unoccupied flat.

Neighbours had reportedly detected a “foul odours” that had been lasting for weeks.

Locals have claimed the body found was “stuffed inside a suitcase inside a deserted property”.

Staff from the shops in the parade said police had visited on Friday evening, looking for CCTV footage.

Police are currently trying to identify the body, thought to be a woman, and no arrests have been made so far.

The Met said in a statement: "Police were called at 14.53hrs on Friday, 18 December to an address in The Crescent, Southall UB1, after a person was found deceased.

"Enquiries to identify the deceased are ongoing.

"The death is currently being treated as unexplained.

"Officers are not discussing the circumstances of the discovery any further at this stage.

"There have been no arrests.

"Officers remain at the scene and enquiries continue."


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